Friday, October 21, 2016


Okay y'all, this one is purely for my own enjoyment. Baby Luke Danes.
This was just all pulled from Max's closet and a Little Tikes kitchen set! NO CELL PHONES!

Blue baseball cap, backwards
Plaid shirt. Literally any color- Luke wears a different plaid every single day.
Grey undershirt
Coffee pot
Lovable scowl
Gilmore Girls fans rejoice! Only a couple more weeks until the revival! 
Oy with the poodles already!

Lots of ideas HERE
Dustin from Stranger Things HERE
Beanie Boo HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Who's dressing up as Eleven for Halloween? Well you'll need an Eggo waffle purse to complete the look. Obviously. 
This purse actually works!! You can open and close it- probably just put the essentials in there since it's not too sturdy. It's easy to make and will be the talk of your party! Don't forget the bloody nose. 


- 2 empty Eggo waffle boxes
- scissors / exacto knife
- hole punch
- double stick tape
- clear packing tape


1. eat all the waffles.
2. using double stick tape, secure the side of the box that you opened to get the waffles out.
3. cut the top off of the first box. You can leave a little border around it but you don't need to.
4. cut all of the sides off of the second box. Keep the sides to reinforce the purse even more.
5. you have 4 flaps now. Line the insides of the BOTTOM and BACK flaps only with double stick tape. Make sure to leave the top two flaps without tape since that's where the purse will open. I made that mistake if you can't tell by the torn cardboard!
6. stick the second box to the first using the tape. Bottom to bottom, back to back. Again the top two flaps should remain tape-free.
7. reinforce the flap of the second box to the first box with clear packing tape. For extra security and some shine, you can line the whole inside flap with tape.
8. For the chain...since your hole punch probably isn't strong enough to punch a hole through three layers, you'll need to go one layer at a time. Punch a hole on each side of the box about an inch down from the top. Depending on size of the chain attachments, you may have to make a couple slits on either side of the hole like I did, but you can't really see it. Using double stick tape, attach the extra sides from the second box on top of the first box sides to make it sturdier. Line up your hole punch and punch a hole through the new side. Put clear packing tape on the inside of the box sides and punch a hole through that. Now you should have three layers (two box layers and one tape layer) all lined up. 
9. Now you can thread your purse chain through and attach it to itself. You can adjust the chain strap at this point. Link to purchase the chain strap is below. This one is actually from clutch I own!
10. reinforce any or all sides on the inside of the box with clear tape if you want it to be really sturdy.
11. attach the velcro to the opening.
12. be the chicest Eleven at your Halloween party!
Please tag us on instagram @loveandlion in your costume photos!! We would love to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Dustin, the most endearing character on Stranger Things!! As soon as he came on the screen I was like... bam. Halloween costume. If I had a girl you KNOW she would have been dressed up as Barb. Ummm anyone have a baby I can borrow?
My almost 3 year old, Max, kind of exudes Dustin's personality. Silly, funny even when he doesn't mean to be, totally into farts and chocolate pudding and thinking both are awesome... plus the curly hair! If only I had let it grow longer the past couple months! But hey, can't plan everything.
Everything is linked at the bottom, but the key pieces here are the hat and shirt. 
The hat is from Sweetgrly Designs and actually comes with the A.V. Club button! How nice is that? Love this Etsy shop! Lots of Stranger Things buttons, 70's/80's/90's trading cards. She sent me a Back-to-the-Future card which I obviously love (see Ari's Marty McFly costume here). Just tons of retro fun! The hat is adult size but fits Max just fine on the tightest setting.
The shirt is from Tattaaboo, retro clothing for all ages! They shipped super fast, so plenty of time for your Halloween costume. They come in adult sizes in case you want to adapt this for yourself!
I couldn't find the exact jacket, so I layered a plaid shirt on top of this JACKET which is on sale now! I think any pants and sneaks would work. The tooth paint was the best part hahahaha! I'm still giggling about how it turned out, and I can't believe it, but Max totally laid still while I painted it on there. It just brushes right off when you're done. Add a backpack and flashlight, and you're all set! Now to teach him some of Dustin's famous quotes....
"She's our friend, and she's crazy!"
"Mike! I found the chocolate pudding!"
"Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?"
"I told you a million times, my teeth are coming in. It's called cleidocranial dysplasia."
PS....Truth be told, Max will be trick-or-treating as a Ninja Turtle :)


More Halloween costumes for littles HERE and HERE


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


My kid has a ::small:: obsession with Beanie Boos. Anyone else get asked EVERYWHERE they go to buy one? Because they're literally everywhere. At Walgreens, at the craft store, at book stores, gah! Those glittery gigantic eyes follow me everywhere! No really, they're pretty freaking cute, and I must admit I get into when their birthdays are etc. Okay! Okay! He sold me on them!

Naturally his Halloween costume would have to be a Beanie Boo. There are very few animal onesie costumes that don't already have a face or eyes on them. This lion costume is from Party City- it's actually the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz with the badge snipped off. So that part was easy. 

Scroll down for the tutorial, free printable, and links to purchase supplies! 

What you need (click each item for links)
Hole Punch
Download the Beanie Boo tag HERE and just print one sheet.
Trace and cut around each shape- outer heart, inner heart, t, y. 
Cut carefully around "Beanie boos".
Using your foam glue, attach the foam pieces: larger heart in gold on the bottom, then red, then letters.
Punch a hole in the corner (you may have to lift up the red part while it's not totally dry and do separately since it'll be pretty thick.
String a red ribbon through the hole and make a necklace.

I made him regular glasses for night time since it would be too dark to trick or treat with sunglasses on!!
Paint the outer rim carefully with glitter glue. 
Glitter over a piece of paper so that you can funnel it back into your glitter tube when you're done. Let dry completely. 
Paint over one more glue coat and let dry.

Add as much or as little (maybe just the nose!) as you want.

 "Mommy, I bet people can't tell which one I am".

Friday, September 30, 2016


Something about the Fall season gets us thinking about our dining spaces. Does it do the same for you? Maybe just thinking about Thanksgiving, holiday parties or just cozy chili dinners with the family has us spending more time in our eating nooks. Leah and I are totally guilty of eating dinners on our couches with our husbands while we Netflix binge.

My ( Jenni) husband and I are currently renovating our home, which is the slowest process ever with two kids running around, but we settled on the idea of a banquette design for our eat in kitchen/dining room in one. It seems like the best way to save space, and right now.... we are just loving the look. Here are a few that I am highly inspired by as we try to create our own before the holiday season gets underway.

This first one is probably my top fav! It is industrial looking, and we are loving the idea of the leather sofa. So cozy chic!

Loving the airy feel of this one! Neutrals with touches of black all the way!

Have a great weekend friends! Hope you get to do something that makes you extremely happy!


Thursday, June 30, 2016


My closet is finished!! I pretty much want to live the rest of my life in here, guys. Bye forever! The Home Edit organized and beautified my closet, nay, my life. I thought I had it organized really well before. Guess what? I didn't. Joanna and Clea's brains just work differently. They've revolutionized the business of home organizing, and I feel so fortunate to have them in my life! Do yourself a favor and check out their blog and instagram for daily inspiration. PS they're also amazing human beings and friends, so there's that. 

To top it all off, Chasing Paper so graciously gave us their gorgeous peel and stick wallpaper which gave the room a glamorous pop! I highly recommend Chasing Paper for an accent wall (though dreaming about papering my whole powder room in this print!!). Applying the paper was easy peasy. Sure, you have to work carefully, but the paper is VERY forgiving. If you mess up, simply peel off the panel and just reapply it. I did this multiple times with the same panel, and it 100% held up. Once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty quickly. It's awesome if you're in a rental or if you just change your mind a lot! It peels right off and doesn't damage the paint underneath.

All photos by The Home Edit.
Scroll down for links!

 This antique mirror was Jeffrey's Grandmother's. It was the inspiration for all of the gold details.
The shoe wall, you guys, the shoe wall! The Home Edit labeled each box simply with "heels" "sandals" etc. Because if they had labeled by brand, the whole closet would say "Target".
I found THIS jewelry box at Target to display my Nana's charm bracelet from high school. Special little details!
That large drawer on the bottom is actually a tilt out laundry hamper! Yes please.
Joanna and Clea found out that I was a jewelry hoarder. They slimmed everything down and organized the crap out of me. Drawer organization on their favorites page.
 I love that they found my Nana's old glasses and displayed them alongside all of my keepsake/antique jewelry.
Organizing shirts by color = instant style
Jeffrey gets one little corner.... ha! He has zero clothes! I need to work on this.
So so so happy with my closet! Thank you The Home Edit and Chasing Paper!!

Organization and styling: The Home Edit
Wallpaper: Chasing Paper
Closet installation: Closets by Design
Chandelier: Joss and Main
Jewelry displays: Target
Clothing hangers: Joy Mangano
Storage solutions: The Home Edit Favorites
Mirror: Antique
Painters: CertaPro
All photos by The Home Edit

- L
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